August 24, 1926 – October 30, 2018
Raymond Lee Penrod died peacefully at home in San Antonio on October 30, 2018, at the age of 92. Raymond was born on August 24,1926, in West Plains, Missouri, to Ray Wallace and Bessie Lee Penrod. Upon graduation from West Plains High School in 1944, Raymond joined the US Navy serving during WWII as Carpenter’s Mate 3rd Class and aide to Admiral “Bull” Halsey, Commander of the South Pacific. After the Navy, Raymond moved back to West Plains to open a shoe repair shop and served as Sergeant 1st Class in President Truman’s unit of the Missouri Army National Guard. In 1947, he married Thelma Jean Nevill of Willow Springs, Missouri. As the Korean War broke out, he volunteered for active service in the US Army, Seventh Cavalry, reaching the rank of Master Sergeant. Upon discharge from the Army, Raymond began a career spanning 38 years with the Frisco and Burlington Northern Railroads. Raymond and Thelma lived in Missouri and Oklahoma, then made their home in Pleasanton for 30 years before moving to San Antonio.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Thelma Jean; son, Michael Penrod and wife Susan; grandchildren, Sean Penrod and wife Angela, Tiffany Cottrill, and Melissa Mullins all of San Antonio and Luke Penrod and wife Usha of Santa Clarita, California; great grandchildren, Caroline, Ryan and Graham Penrod. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray Wallace and Bessie Lee Penrod of West Plains, Missouri; sister, Erma Jean Bekebrock of Lamar, Missouri; and daughter, Patricia Kay Mullins of San Antonio.
Raymond was an accomplished woodworker creating beautiful grandfather clocks, cradles for his grandchildren and furniture for his church. He was a dedicated member of Methodist and Presbyterian churches, a 70-year Master Mason and a Noble of the Shrine where he was a leader of the Mini Wheels unit.
A Funeral is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on November 14th at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 208 W. Bandera, Boerne, followed by a military and Masonic burial at 1:45 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Honorary pallbearers will be Sean Penrod, Luke Penrod, Merle Nevill, Stan Nevill, Tony Santa Cruz and Ed McClure. To leave condolences and view a video of Raymond’s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com.
Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.